Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling have been providing folks in Loveland, Denver, Fort Collins, and really, any home in Northern Colorado, with more than just your average, run-of-the-mill plumbing services. With over 15 year’s worth of experience in this industry, we’ve expanded our expertise to include HVAC installation and repair work, air filtration, along with hot water heater installation and general service. Suffice it to say that our family-owned and operated Loveland plumber company can handle any and all of your HVAC and plumbing service needs.
In a previous post, “Welcome to Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling,” we outlined our full suite of plumbing and HVAC services, so we won’t be spending today’s digital real estate doing the same thing. Just know that our repair technicians are one phone call away from solving any number of problems you might have.
Today’s post will focus on a particular aspect of our plumbing repair and installation services. Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about tankless hot water heaters and how they compare to traditional (tank) water heater systems.
Before we get going, keep in mind that we handle tankless water heater system installations as well as traditional water heater replace and/or repair work. We’ve got you covered at Bears Family PHC.
Why Does This Matter?
Excellent question, we are thrilled you asked. Let’s put it this way. If you consider yourself somewhat thrifty, perhaps you’ve found yourself combing over your host of bills and payments looking for a way to shave off a chunk of change from your monthly total. Netflix is staying, that’s a given. Refinance the mortgage? That’s not going to be viable for at least a couple more years. Become a coupon-nut and fill up your purse or wallet until it’s overflowing with 10 cent savings? Mmmm, that’s not going to make any kind of worthwhile impact in our humble opinion, at least not when you compare it to what we are talking about: saving on your energy bill.
If you truly leave no stone unturned when it comes to saving money, you are well-aware of your energy bill’s bottom line. But most folks don’t consider the impact your hot water heater has to the overall picture. Or, perhaps, you do, but feel pretty much stuck in the mud – it is what it is, right?
Not necessarily. You might be missing a key contributor to the bill’s total in that somewhere around ¼ of the aggregate energy used in your home is consumed by the average hot water heater and its tank.
Practically speaking, hot water heaters are more expensive than pretty much any other appliance in your home, save for your heating and cooling unit. Of course, each household is different and we are speaking in averages, but it’s a safe bet to submit that your traditional hot water heater makes up a sizeable chunk of your energy bill.
Now that we’ve established that it’s worth weighing your options in reference to what kind of water system is best to heat your home, we have two items of good news for you.
The first is that we are here to help you navigate this process. We at Bears Family PHC offer hot water heater installation and repair work, but we’ll also take a look at your home and have no problem making a recommendation about what might be best for you. But genuinely, the key to making that decision has a lot to do with personal preference, so we’ll help you balance the costs and benefits of tankless vs. traditional below.
Here’s the second piece of good news: hot water heater manufacturers have responded to this realization (and consumer demand) of energy-inefficiency by offering a wide variety of technologies and water heating systems designed for efficiency. This is relevant for homeowners who have been using the same old hot water heater that they found in the home when they bought it (or perhaps the one that was installed if you constructed your own home). If you haven’t replaced your hot water heater tank in over a decade, it’s a great time to get into research mode. If you were to replace your current system with a more energy-efficient one, you’d be able to shave off dollars every single time you run the dishwasher, take a shower, or do a load of laundry. Over time, you’ll find that the sustainability of your new system will pay for however much the new installation turns out to be!
Luckily, you’ve seemingly already accomplished that first step of getting into research, seeing as how you’ve made it to this blog post, so congratulations! Now, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.
Tankless Water Heater Benefits
Also referred to as demand water heaters or instantaneous water heaters, tankless hot water heaters forego the traditional method of preheating water in a tank. Instead of using costly “standby energy” to keep hot water waiting for whenever a household member might use it, instantaneous water heaters do not need a storage tank but rather use a gas burner or an electric element to heat the water as it is traveling through the pipes.
Because of this, you can have as much hot water as you want with a tankless water heater system. Traditional tank water heaters are renowned for their inability to support consecutive showers or other simultaneous usages of hot water. We’ve all been to a home (some of us have lived in that home) where you have to wait an hour between showers or the like. Of course, there are various sizes of hot water heater tanks, so most modern homes aren’t faced with this issue. But nevertheless, if you are a lover of long, hot showers, it’s nice to know that you can use however much hot water you need until you feel sufficiently de-stressed. That’s what tankless water heating systems can offer.
In addition to being highly convenient, tankless heaters are also highly efficient. Although the installation of these systems is more expensive than typical tanks, over time the efficiency will save you money. Howso? Tankless systems turn off as soon as you are done using them; there’s no preheating water with tanks that are constantly in use, spending your hard-earned money. It’s wasted water, wasted energy, and wasted cash at the end of the day. And if you are looking for more concrete estimates concerning your energy conservation, industry standards are in the ballpark of 60 percent. That’s nothing to turn your nose up at, in our professional opinion.
Tankless Hot Water Heater Drawbacks
Let’s talk about tankless water heater cons, if for no other reason than to prove we aren’t secretly funded by a tankless hot water heater conglomerate!
In all seriousness, we did mention that the best choice for you largely comes down to your personal preference. Prioritizing your desires is important here. And although we’ve already addressed the upfront-cost issue (in that the savings will help you offset the pricier installation cost), there is one significant drawback we’ve yet to mention.
“Low-flow? I don’t like the sound of that!” says Jerry in a classic Seinfeld episode. Indeed, some people love water pressure that makes your skin turn red. With the recent trend of energy-efficient showerheads, we can understand some people like to stick to the old-fashioned way of doing things because, quite frankly, there was nothing wrong with them in the first place.
So while tankless water heaters offer unlimited hot water, there is a limit to how much water can be released at one moment. For folks who have never experienced a shower using a tankless water heater system, we might recommend asking a (close) friend if you could try out their shower. We don’t think asking a neighbor or an acquaintance is a wonderful idea, but we’ll leave your business to you…
Let Bears Family Plumbing, Heating, And Cooling Help
Despite the potentially deal-breaking drawback listed above, don’t lose heart! Perhaps we can find a tankless water heater solution for you that brings together the best of both worlds. Likewise, there are other energy-efficient options to explore, and we can help you in that process.
Whether you need the eye of an expert to help you with your water heater decision-making process or just need a local plumber for a toilet repair job, we can help. Remember, we have financing options available! Reach out to us today!